I got my 3 new books yesterday and am overall quite happy. I have already added all 3 to the references section on my Herbal List page. The one that is most useful Chevallier. My lab kit came with, I think, 25 herbs in it. Of those, with all the books I have here, 4 herbs were not in ANY of my books. I decided to look for all the lab-kit herbs in this book and all but 2 are in there. Of those 2, only 1 is now not covered and that is being a bear. Even the internet is evading me. I can find pictures and data but not the things that need to go in the fields of the herbarium. By the way, there are many species of kelp... LOL This book, which filled with colored pictures, has short snippets that almost complete an herbarium. Now, herbariums need many sources but it's definitely worth the $22.17 I spent on it and it was the most expensive of the 3 books I bought. The other 2 books are a great source for recipes but can't be used as a scientific source and those are the Gladstone book and Kennedy. Very different formats, both have interesting ways of using the herbs and some basics of the herbs and how to use them as well as a bit of history in herbal healing. If anyone would like an inside picture, just let me know and I'll take one so you will know what your getting before you buy. If you are JUST interested in the use, these 2 books are perfect. If you want the science behind it, I highly recommend the Chevallier book.
I spent the bulk of yesterday working on herbariums. I updated chickweed, comfrey and marshmallow from the first semester. I'm also using the new material to work on the herbariums for this semester. I have 3 of those added to as well. I'm going to at least get dandelion updated today. I still need to get my labs figured out but that's why I bought those other 2 books. Chevallier does have some recipes in there as well but they are much simpler and I wanted to try some fun things this semester. Since I have a lot of dandelions in my front yard, I have a lot of options on this herb. I'm looking forward to sharing this one with you next semester. Since it's for this semester, you have to wait. Again, I don't want to get in trouble for plagiarizing myself... The rest of my bottles will be here today so I'll be able to process the 8 tinctures I have going, once they are ready. I will NEVER have enough bottles but this will go as far as I need for now.
Of the remaining constituents, only one is in the rest of my books.
Oxalates are a form of oxalic acid. It's an organic acid that comes in insoluble form as calcium salt or potassium salt. In high amounts, they can be toxic because they reduce the bio-availability of minerals. These can cause kidney stones but simply avoiding them is not the answer as many things can cause this. Plants that are considered high in oxalates are yellow dock, lamb's quarters, amaranth, pigweed greens, rhubarb leaves, Oxalis spp., skunk cabbage, and Jack-in-the-pulpit. (Ganora, p. 82-3)
Time to get back to my studies. In addition to working on my herbarium entries for this semester (the previous ones can wait a bit since I have enough fixed to keep going here), I still have an essay and test due by close of business on Wednesday. My husband should be home tonight after we are in bed so I'm thinking that test can wait until I have someone to distract the kids! LOL have a great day!
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.